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Congress demands Google's answers on the Nest Blunder microphone




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The intelligent home of Google, the Nest company, put it in the neck during the last week or more, due to its lack of disclosure about a microphone that exists within its Nest Security system, which was not included in the device's specifications.

And now Congress is getting involved, through a letter from the Senate Commerce Committee to Google CEO, Sundar Pichai.

The letter – which makes six questions – essentially seeks to find out if a third party can access or not to the microphone. That is what one of the questions is asked specifically when one says:

Google is aware or did you already know that Google had a third party using the Nest Secure microphone for any unauthorized purpose?

There is nothing to suggest that the Nest Secure microphone has already been hacked, but since users did not even know it existed until a week ago, there is obviously some concern among the Nest user community.

The other questions are:

Do you have a microphone always a component of the security system and alarm system of Nest Secure?

When and how did you become aware that a microphone did not appear in the technical specifications of Nest Secure available to consumers?

What steps has Google taken to inform the buyers of Nest Secure devices that the device contains a previously undisclosed microphone?

Describe the Google process to develop technical specifications for your products. In what stage of this process did the error that produced the omission of the presence of the microphone in the Nest Secure device? Has Google taken steps to prevent such an error from appearing again in the technical specifications for other Google products?

Are you aware of Google of similar omissions in the technical specifications of any other Google product?

The problem started for Google when it announced that the Google Assistant would work on its Nest security devices and, obviously, Google's Alexa-rival needs a built-in microphone to listen to the wake words … & nbsp; "OK Google" or "Hello Google". The thing is that a microphone was never listed in the specifications sheet and users of & nbsp; Nest Secure were living with a microphone inside their homes, without knowing it.

"The microphone on the device was never designed to be a secret and should be listed in the technical specifications. This was an error on our part," a Google spokesman said, & nbsp; Last week.

Concerning the letter from the Senate, Pichai until 5 in the morning on March 12 to answer, and the letter also requests an informative presentation in person until March 29.

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The intelligent home of Google, the Nest company, put it in the neck during the last week or more, due to its lack of disclosure about a microphone that exists within its Nest Security system, which was not included in the device's specifications.

And now Congress is getting involved – through a letter from the Senate Commerce Committee to the CEO of Sundar Pichai from Google.

The letter – which asks six questions – essentially seeks to find out if a third party can access or not to the microphone. That is what one of the questions is asked specifically when one says:

Google is aware or did you already know that Google had a third party using the Nest Secure microphone for any unauthorized purpose?

There is nothing to suggest that the Nest Secure microphone has already been hacked, but since users did not even know it existed until a week ago, there is obviously some concern among the Nest user community.

The other questions are:

Do you have a microphone always a component of the security system and alarm system of Nest Secure?

When and how did you become aware that a microphone did not appear in the technical specifications of Nest Secure available to consumers?

What steps has Google taken to inform the buyers of Nest Secure devices that the device contains a previously undisclosed microphone?

Describe the Google process to develop technical specifications for your products. In what stage of this process did the error that produced the omission of the presence of the microphone in the Nest Secure device? Has Google taken steps to prevent such an error from appearing again in the technical specifications for other Google products?

Are you aware of Google of similar omissions in the technical specifications of any other Google product?

The problem started for Google when it announced that the Google Assistant would work on their Nest security devices and, obviously, Google's Alexa rival needs a built-in microphone to hear the wake words … "OK Google" or "Hey Google." The fact is that a microphone was never listed in the specifications sheet and Nest Secure users lived with a microphone inside their homes, without knowing it.

"The microphone on the device was never designed to be a secret and should be listed in the technology specifications. This was a mistake on our part," said a Google spokesman last week.

Concerning the letter from the Senate, Pichai until 5 in the morning on March 12 to answer, and the letter also requests an informative presentation in person until March 29.


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